(Closed) Should I buy my wedding dress an airplane ticket?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Wow, that’s a huge train!! Also, a gorgeous dress.

I’m flying out with my dress too. I’ve decided to roll it up like a yoga mat in its garment bag and bring it as my carry on. I don’t trust it in my suitcase. I will fit it under the seat in front of me somehow. 

I’ll steam it when I get there. It can survive the 4 hour flight a little crumpled.

Post # 5
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dress is pretty huge also, so I’m very curious to see what other posters have to say.  I’ve considered shipping it, but I don’t know…

Post # 6
3689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I can see trying to get that though security and even putting in its own seat being difficult.  I’m really petite, and with the lack of room in airplane seating these days, I’m uncomfortable in a seat.  A dress that pouffy would be hard to fit in a normal coach seat.  

I personally would ship it, but whatever you do, DON’T CHECK IT WITH THE AIRLINE!

Post # 7
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Holy Dress!!! That’s awesome! I’d love to see the rest of it. As for getting it to it’s final destination… if your going to fly with it, make it your carry-on if you can. Wrap it in plastic so it wont get stained and you can worry about de-wrinkling when you get it home.


If all else fails, wear it on the plane! lol!

Post # 8
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i don’t think the size of your dress matters, “wedding dress” will qualify as a  carryon bag. I brought mine as a carry on and it was fine. It was also big, i didn’t roll it up, just carried it on its hanger in the garmet bag.  I had to take it on 3 different planes to get to my destination.  first one put it in the compartment with the other carry ons and the attendant assured me they would lie it flat.  second plane let me hang it in first class where business men hang their suit jackets, though it was a small space i stuffed it in,. And the third plane were not as nice, but said i had to fit it in the overhead compartments and so i STUFFED it in. it was a sad sight as it got totally crumpled. but not ruined at all, i just had to steam it before my wedding and it was fine.  

so i think you can bring it as a carry on, just look on your airlines website and wedding dress should be listed under the “allowed” items for carry on.

Post # 9
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine was a decent size ball gown, although minuscule compared to yours:) I also took it as a carry on. The attendants were even nice enough to let me priority board so it had a spot in the first class closet. Just be prepared to steam it when you get there.

BTW–it’s beautiful!

Post # 10
1643 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I am happy to read this post.  I am flying from the UK to New York in September, and had no other possible plan than to have my dress with me AT ALL TIMES – ie carry on.  So I am pleased to read these positive posts!!  🙂

Post # 11
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am flying from NYC to St. Thomas and was told by my wedding coordinator to take it on plane. Shipping items over seas can get lost and are very, very expensive. At least, on the plane you know you’ll have it. My resort is offering to steam my dress once I’m there, you should ask yours too. I wouldn’t buy a plane ticket for it though. Even though your dress is pretty large, I would still hang it and carry it on. I hope this helps.

Gorgeous dress by the way!

Post # 12
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would call the airplane carrier and ask them what their recommendation is. This can’t be the first time someone has had this issue.

Post # 13
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

My Maid/Matron of Honor took her dress on the plane as a carry on and the flight attendants were more than helpful once she explained the situation. I would think that is the best option of all the possibilities as it is free and the dress remains in your control the entire time. You may have to squish it in a garment bag but it can always be steamed once you arrive at your destination.

Post # 14
1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This post is a huge relief. I am carrying mine on too, and i have been freaking out (what else is new…everything is freaking me out these days!!!). Thanks OP for asking this question!

Post # 15
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

personally I would ship it. 

Post # 16
109 posts
Blushing bee

I work with trainers who must bring material with them.  Because of the problems they have incurred in the past, when they travel by airline, they FedEx their materials because there is a tracking system in place and they can guarantee an arrival date.  This may be an option for you.  In that way, you can box the dress and have it be at the location when you arrive.  My concern is the size of your dress and fitting it in the overhead which is larger than the space beneath the seats.  Depending on the airline, some are more accommodating than others.  Your dress is gorgeous!  Best wishes.

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